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January 25, 2015

Savor significantly good sisig

Spicy, salty and a little tangy, sisig hits all the right notes when it comes to snacking. The chopped and seasoned protein is just right for noshing, pint in hand. But, it’s not only for the beer drinkers. At beloved Filipino eatery Max’s of Manila, the popular Kapampangan dish is served in more ways than…

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January 18, 2015

Flavors from A to Zia’s

Whenever you’re dining at Zia’s Caffe, Steaming Clams with Italian Sausage ($14) is an appetizer best shared. Who can resist the aromas of garlic, the tender Cedar Sole clams flown in fresh from Cedar Key, Fla., morsels of Italian sausage and a side of grilled bread slathered with garlic basil butter? Your table will make…

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The coolest cuisine

You won’t find boiling pots, blazing ovens or sizzling skillets anywhere near this kitchen. Instead, blenders, food processors and dehydrators do the heavy lifting. Baffling as it may sound, Greens & Vines is a restaurant that doesn’t actually cook anything. As a raw vegan eatery, heating food above 118 degrees is strictly forbidden. The saying,…

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January 4, 2015

Menus tastefully curated

So impressed, I almost say, “Shut up,” to chef de cuisine Jon Matsubara from Hyatt’s Japengo when he describes the dish I am about to photograph. “It’s a loco moco with foie gras,” he says. Somehow, I manage to suppress my exclamation of incredulity combined with elation. “With filet mignon?” I ask. Yes. The Loco…

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December 28, 2014

Chinese dining gets personal

Though we’ve never met, Kevin Li immediately bids me a warm welcome as soon as I enter his Chinese eatery. And as I take a seat at one of the tables next to the window that’s filling the clean, spacious dining room with Kaimuki sunshine, he asks if he can get me something to drink….

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December 21, 2014

Get immersed in nabe

Enjoy cooking, but don’t feel like doing the legwork of preparing ingredients or cleaning up? Enter nabe, the traditional Japanese hot pot cuisine, where the dining room becomes the kitchen. Such is the case at Nabeya Maido. The eatery provides the broth, raw ingredients and utensils. You and your fellow diners take it from there…

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Warming up to wintertime dishes

Even though our Mainland friends might laugh at this: it gets cold in Hawaii! As the air conditioner turns off and the socks come on, the soups and casseroles that have waited all summer are finally here. Gary Lam, manager of Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant, is happy to share the warmth with you. He’s hand-picked…

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December 7, 2014

Genki Sushi rolls out brand new menu items

At Genki Sushi, it’s all within reach. The kaiten-style eatery puts its sushi and more, front and center on a revolving belt of small plates. See anything that catches your eye? With a myriad of sushi and side dishes, the odds are in your favor. Regulars will cheer when they discover that Breaded Fried Oysters…

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November 30, 2014

‘L’ marks the spot for good eats

We all know L&L Hawaiian Barbecue. It’s the destination for fast-food local style. But did you know L&L goes the extra mile and makes its meals from scratch? Couple this with quick service and reasonable prices, and it’s no wonder people can’t get enough. The eatery’s varied menu also means there’s something for everyone. If…

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November 23, 2014

Comfort food never goes out of style

Lined with picture windows and filled with melodies of Hawaiian slack-key guitar and vintage aloha prints, Kenny’s Restaurant is a place for reveling in nostalgia. The eatery owes its success and position as a community fixture to the preservation of the comforts of yesteryear — not only through hospitable service, but also through plates laden…

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